Flying in to fly the flag

Lorraine Kelly leads the way for Armed Forces Day

17 Jun 2010

June 26 is National Armed Forces Day when the entire country shows its support and appreciation for serving members of the Armed Forces, and for veterans who have served in the past and are not forgotten.

GMTV presenter, Lorraine Kelly, was taking part in the official launch of the Scottish programme of events in June and July for Armed Forces Day.  This year 26 towns and cities across Scotland are hosting events - double the amount of last year - proving that Scottish support to troops is on the rise. The first event kicks off at the Stirling Military Show on June 19, followed by the main celebrations in Glasgow, Edinburgh and Aberdeen on June 26.

Started started her journey at RAF Leuchars and was flown by rescue helicopter to BAE Systems Scotstoun - where she was winched down into the shipyard to meet sailors on the Navy's latest Type 45 Destroyer, HMS Diamond.

She was joined on the ship's flight deck by the Deputy First Minister Nicola Sturgeon and Glasgow Lord Provost Bob Winter.  The three of them were then taken by speed boat up the Clyde towards the Armadillo (with helicopter escort) to be met at the riverside in front of the Glasgow Science Centre by Brigadier David Allfrey and a soldier from 1 SCOTS with a Vector armoured vehicle, used by troops training for operations in Afghanistan.  Lorraine then travelled in the vehicle along the quayside to outside the science centre tower where her journey ended.


Senior officers from the three armed forces were there, along with veterans and military personnel just back from Afghanistan.


Source: BAE Systems

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